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Beginner - How's the Room?

Postby kruseje » Thu May 08, 2008 2:09 pm

Beginner - How's the Room?

In this lesson you discussed the use of 3aish and seken for "to live." You hint that they can be used interchangeably. I'm not conversant in Eastern (Syrian) Dialect as Ehab is, but in classical Arabic, seken more closely translates as "to dwell," and thus is a better fit for this lesson. Thoughts?
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Re: Beginner - How's the Room?

Postby Moshaya » Thu May 08, 2008 8:38 pm

Most of the time A3eesh اعيش and Askun اسكن can be used interchangeably, but if you really delve into the meaning and study the words you will find that اسكن mostly refers to the living premises while اعيش mostly refers to the living condition. For example,

في الدور الرابع أسكن. أعيش وحيداً.
I live (Askun) on the fourth floor. I live (A3eesh) on my own.

So, if you wanted to emphasise location maybe you should use Askun e.g. اسكن في لندن - Askun fee London
If you wanted to emphasise condition then you should use A3eesh e..g اعيش حياة فقيرة - I live a poor life
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